Junchow, China, 1928. Lydia Ivanova has a fierce spirit. Nothing can dim it, not even the foul waters of the Peiho River. Into the river's grime bodies are tossed - those of thieves and Communists alike. So every time Lydia steals from someone to feed herself and her mother, she takes her life into her own hands. Lydia's mother, Valentina, ...Read MoreJunchow, China, 1928. Lydia Ivanova has a fierce spirit. Nothing can dim it, not even the foul waters of the Peiho River. Into the river's grime bodies are tossed - those of thieves and Communists alike. So every time Lydia steals from someone to feed herself and her mother, she takes her life into her own hands. Lydia's mother, Valentina, numbered among the Russian elite until the Bolsheviks rounded them up. They took her husband but she managed to buy back her child and bring her to China. But survival is hard. Even though mother and daughter live in the Whites-only settlement, no walls can keep Lydia in. She escapes to meet Chang An Lo, who saves her life once and is bound to her for ever . But Chang has enemies who are hunting him down - Chiang Kai Shek's troops are headed towards Junchow to kill Reds like him. Their all-consuming love can only mean danger for them both, but they are powerless to end it ...Read Less
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Reaping the whirlwind of communism
Fisrs time novelist, Kate Furnivall has created a novel that is fresh and inspiring. Loosely based on her mother's experience as a Russian emigre in China in the the 1920s,she develops a story that is rich in character and the sights and sounds of China during this turbulent time in history. She uses great descriptive passages to highlight the many aspects of the cultures and nationalities that lived in China at the time. She has good character development, although the Chinese are a little cliched. Also the book could have been reduced by about a hundred pages, but this is a common complaint of mine. Despite its length, it was a fast read and is begging for a sequel.
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